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Rooftop workers often victims of construction workers' accidents

Every year, thousands of preventable incidents cause severe or even fatal injuries to New York workers. A significant percentage of these are construction workers' accidents involving falls from rooftops. Sadly, many employers in the construction industry prioritize profit over employee safety.

Proper planning is required before any roof work is done. Falls are the primary hazards for rooftop workers, and include falls over roof edges, from ladders, through skylights or hatchways. After assessing the roof for potential dangers, steps must be taken to mitigate risks. Guardrails and self-closing gates must prevent falls through roof openings, and another guardrail system on the roof's edge can provide further protection.

Controlling workers' access to the roof can ensure that only those with the necessary training are exposed to the risks associated with working at heights. Furthermore, workers who are provided with fall arrest harnesses must know how to use the safety equipment. A safety plan must be in place to deal with emergencies, including measures to allow rescue teams to remove injured workers from the roof quickly.

New York workers who have to deal with the consequences of construction workers' accidents are often overwhelmed by the mounting medical bills and lost wages. Although the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program typically has the backs of injured workers, navigating the benefits claims process can be a daunting prospect. An attorney who is experienced in this field of the law can provide the necessary support and guidance in pursuit of maximum benefits as allowed by applicable laws.

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